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Shooter

Description

Shooters are action games in which the player character shoots enemies.

The shooting is usually performed with firearms in these games; however, any weapon that dispatches projectiles qualifies, which makes many games (e.g. Heretic) that rely on medieval ranged weaponry or even magical projectiles shooters as well.

There are many shooter sub-genres, including fixed-screen shooters, scrolling shooters, rail shooters, and others.

Since the emergence of 3D graphics, 3D shooters, popularized by Wolfenstein 3D and Doom, have become the leading representatives of the genre. This sub-genre is sometimes referred to as first-person shooter, though this definition is not very precise, since the genre's distinguishing feature are 3D environments, not the perspective; some 3D shooters allow players to switch between perspectives, while others enforce a third-person view.

3D shooters may incorporate elements of other genres, most commonly role-playing (e.g. System Shock games and Deus Ex).
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Strikers 1945 SEGA Saturn Front Cover

PlayStation (1996), SEGA Saturn (1996) and Arcade (1995)

Strikers 1945, not to be confused with the US PSX game Strikers 1945, which is actually the sequel Strikers 1945...

Strikers 1945 Plus iPhone Front Cover

PSP (2009), iPhone (2009) and Arcade (1999)

Strikers 1945 Plus is a port of the classic Neo-Geo arcade game. Unlike other games in the series, this is...

Stronghold Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1983)

You are sent to check out an abandoned asteroid base called Stronghold. As you approach, drones are launched from the...

Sturmwind Dreamcast Front Cover

Dreamcast (2013)

Sturmwind is a horizontally scrolling shoot'em up with 16 levels divided into seven worlds, with each of the levels concluding...

Commodore 64 (2008)

Sub Duel is a one-on-one duel between two submarines. You can damage your opponent by shooting torpedoes at them or...

Atari ST (1989)

Sub hunt is a shoot-em-up game between a Russian chopper (player one) and an American submarine (player two). The players...

Sub Hunter Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (2008)

A government experiment has gone horribly wrong and, now, fish have mutated. You must save swimmers trapped by the mutant...

Submarine Attack SEGA Master System Front Cover

SEGA Master System (1990)

In Submarine Attack, the player controls a submarine in an underwater environment. The player must shoot down enemies that are...

DOS (1999)

Go through each screen (playing as a submarine) and destroy all the enemies with your missiles.

ColecoVision (1983) and Arcade (1982)

SubRoc 3-D is a shooter, where you look through a periscope and shoot at both sea and air-targets. The arcade...

SubSpace Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997)

Choose from 8 ships, each with different handling and weaponry characteristics. Fly with up to 250 other players simultaneously, fighting...

Apple II (1990)

Sight enemy subs from your command post in your yellow submarine -- then blast away!Since the first submarine of Leonardo...

Atari ST (1995)

Substation is a first-person shooter. The story focuses on an underwater base taken over by aliens. The player has to...

Atari 2600 (1983)

Subterranea is a side scrolling shooter. Your goal is to locate treasure crystals within the Hexuplex Caves. Controlling your cave...

Commodore 64 (1988)

Subterranea is a side-scrolling shooter in which players must guide a ship through 16 caves. Various enemy formations attack the...

Sub-Terrania Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1993)

Aliens have invaded a vital subterranean mining colony. Use light-speed reflexes and total concentration to fly your prototype fighter through...

Suburban Commando DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993), Amiga (1993) and Commodore 64 (1993)

Suburban Commando is a mix of space shooter, jump-and-run and beat-em-up.If you're a US American, the mention of the name...

Subversion: The Official Incoming Expansion Pack Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

The Incoming alien threat has been eliminated, and many new corporations became mega-powerful as they exploit the alien technology left...

The Suffering Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004), PlayStation 2 (2004) and Xbox (2004)

You play the role of Torque, a death row inmate with an ambiguous past who has been imprisoned for slaying...

Commodore 64 (1984)

You are an android called Scih-Berg and you have been sent by your masters to the planet Nilmerg to clear...

Suicide Mission Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1982)

Suicide Mission is an arcade action game similar to Asteroids. You control a microscopic submarine navigating the bloodstream of someone...

Suicide Strike Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1983)

A side scroll single shooter aviation game which involves missions flown against an enemy headquarters that requires demolition. Your fuel...

The Suit DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996) and Windows (1996)

There are five suits, each being a complete set of living armour, and they have all invaded Earth. Four Suits...

TurboGrafx CD (1992)

Alzadick is a vertically-scrolling sci-fi shoot-em-up designed for Naxat Soft's Summer Carnival of 1992, a game competition similar to Hudson's...

Summer Carnival '92: Recca Nintendo 3DS Front Cover

NES (1992) and Nintendo 3DS (2012)

Recca is a vertical-scrolling sci-fi shooter in which you pilot a lone starfighter sent to obliterate the alien armada invasion...

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